Breakfast at The Farmers Market

Have you ever been at The Grove – Farmers Market in the evening and wanted breakfast?  Well, go check out Charlie’s Coffee Shop located at The Grove in the Farmers Market area, far back towards the end, near the restrooms…west patio.  (T) and I are always looking for some sweet bread options and Charlie’s is what we found.

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“OMG I want a pancake too.  I can’t sit here and watch you eat that,” I explained to (T).

She patiently waited while I put the orders in for the two of us.  And don’t get us wrong guys, you can order anything from breakfast served all day to burgers and fries.  We just prefer breakfast.

What I enjoy is that the food is cooked to order.  And if you come at a certain time during the season you can catch a small live band perform, while eating your food outside in the food court.   This (F.O.) spot has been apart of The Farmers Market for some time and you’ll continue to catch a relative behind the counter.  Sadly enough I did not order their french toast of which they’re known for.  Nonetheless, it gives me an excuse to return.

“Should we get another one?” The pathetic questions we dare to ask. Instead we slowly ate our yummy cakes and engaged in humorous conversation.  So again, if needing breakfast and near The Grove, hit up Charlie’s.

Oh and don’t forget to get your parking validated.

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RECIPE:

Buttermilk Pancakes

2 cups flour

2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 eggs, beaten

2 cups buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil

  • Lightly grease pan/griddle with oil or butter.
  • Combine and stir first 5 ingredients
  • In a separate bowl, mix eggs, buttermilk, and oil
  • Began to heat pan/griddle
  • Next add the flour mixture into the egg mixture until moistened.
  • Pour batter onto hot greased pan while making small circles to create your pancake.
  • Cook pancake until multiple bubbles form and edges are golden, then flip it to the other side with spatula.
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Breakfast in The Burgh!

Kelly O’s Diner is a (F.O.) diner offering two locations for breakfast and brunch.  This one in particular is located in the Strip District (downtown Pittsburgh) built around a great back story.

A widowed single mother who was a bartender and waitress for years.  Frustrated with her current situation, prayed for a change for her children and personal lifestyle.  After coming across a blessing to move forward, two locations later – this family business is running strong.

I enjoy hearing stories of faith, success and perseverance.

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(photo credit: Leslie)

Well, as always, I’m forever seeking out great places to break bread.  Kelly O’s was mentioned.  “Hmm what’s on their menu?” of course curious.  There’s everything from the breakfast basics such as pancakes to grilled items like steak and omelettes. Everyone seemed eager to eat, I’m lucky a photo was even captured.

The entire meal consisted of their Steak & Eggs with potatoes and texas toast, Cinnamon raisin french toast with sausage on the side.  Sometimes you just have to get it in…with no regrets.  And why should there be?  We all know why we’re here – to chow down!!!

I asked (L) what she thought, “Everything’s 💯% good.  Fast and friendly service and the food is great!”  And there you have it people.

 

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To keep the food going, I’ll leave you with some steak & egg recipes.  Consider making some for dad!

 


RECIPE:

Molasses Grilled Rib-Eye Steak

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup course-grain dijon mustard (mustard with mustard grains in it)

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 (10 oz) boneless rib-eye steaks

3/4 teaspoon salt

3/4 teaspoon pepper

  • Create marinade by combining first three ingredients in bowl or large zip-lock bag
  • Add steaks and chill for 2 hours
  • Remove steaks, discard marinade and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Grill covered over medium-high heat for 6 minuets on each side or when you believe it’s done.  I prefer mine well done so I’d grill a little longer.
    • You can consider grilling in the pan on top of stove as well.
    • I’d also consider adding green peppers and onions for additional flavor 🙂

Scrambled Eggs

4 eggs

2 tablespoons of milk

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Sprinkle of pepper to taste

1 teaspoon of butter

  • Warm the frying pan/skillet on medium heat, adding the teaspoon of butter
  • Once butter is melted, combine first four ingredients into the pan, slowly stirring to scramble the eggs.  Offer seconds of rest in between for the eggs to curdle
  • Once eggs have thickened, yet still moist, remove from heat and serve

HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Little spot on Crenshaw

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As a Firefighter, The Eagle has toured this town longer than I have so he knows of a few places here and there.  If you’re at the corner of Crenshaw and Manchester in Inglewood, you should stop pass this little spot called Moby’s Coffee Shop.

As usual we pull up to find street parking out front.  Always great service, this tiny room sits across from Biglots with two large windows to choose from if trying to look outside.

“How’s it going?” the waitress ask.  She’s actually speaking to The Eagle.  Clearly they don’t know about the Delectable Delights <chuckle>

We order.  I tend to only get their french toast because the pancakes don’t offer much taste.  The Eagle is more of a grits or rice person with a side of eggs.  He leaves the sweet tastier starches for me.  I take a bite, “cool” I say with approval.  My selections are always accompanied by scrambled eggs and bacon.  What I enjoy is the powdered sugar across the soft bread and butter served in mini cups.  “Who uses so much butter?” I always shockingly ask.  I CAN NOT stand huge gobs of butter all over my food, don’t find it necessary and it’s such a waste.  “Maybe I could start telling them to only bring half the amount of butter,” I suggest at the table.  This topic seems to always concern me, not that Moby’s offered a lot, just conversing.

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I now feel story time is upon us.  The Eagle starts, “I remember this little old lady cooking up everything by herself, man she was cool”.  He smiles with joy every time he shares his memories.  I try to imagine it with him while interrupted by the waitress asking if everything is ok with their service.   I smile to the both of them.

Besides the food, what is always interesting is that it is operated by Asians, but have taken the time to cater to their African-American clientele.  What do I mean?  Sometimes I sit and chuckle while viewing all the black art/photos on the walls.  Does it bother me?  No, not at all!  However, I can’t help noticing it and the combination makes me laugh.  I truly respect it and understand.  I simply appreciate any business that is sensitive to their guest.

Over all the food is decent, but the prices are great.  If in a hurry you can call in your order for pick-up.  Open for years, this (F.O.) restaurant is much appreciated and offers great customer service every time.

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Dad and Dana’s

With over 30 years of experience, Dana’s Bakery is a must try.  Located at 720 N Homewoood Ave. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it’s a place that my parents have been going to for years.  Do we live in the area?  No, but to this day my father takes the monthly drive down for some traditional goodies.

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Originally located in The Hill District, this tiny shop only accepts cash.  Prices range from 65 cents to a couple of dollars depending on what you get.  Besides the small fried cakes of sweetened dough, they also offer a variety of goodies such as brownies, cookies, cupcakes and tiered cakes.  Their small brick building is surrounded by churches and a community college and F.Y.I. my father once told me Dana is the name of his daughter.

Well, with no disrespect to what I bake when home for the holidays, you can always count on my dad walking in with a box from Dana’s.  Everyone gets so excited as we dive into the bakery box.  We keep it simple with the usual glaze, but feel free to try other flavors and let me know what you think.

Absolutely, easily THE BEST IN THE BURGH!

(Facebook: Dana’s Bakery)

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When everything is good in Montana

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WOW!  What kind of place is this?   If EVER in town and I mean EVER please stop pass Stella’s Kitchen & Bakery. They’re located in Billings, MT., across the lot from the Best Western.  These places make me want to open up a shop that serves breakfast and baked goods.  A girl can dream right?  I mean, while here I encountered the best HOMEMADE french toast, biscuits and gravy and muffins <oh sigh of joy>   Every bread item melted in my mouth.  Nothing was too sweet, just right.  They would bake fresh muffins in the morning and then send a few over to the hotel.  That’s how we got hooked!  <LOL>  Talk about wanting to get back to the hotel to RUN across the lot just to eat more of their food.  I can NOT see how anyone would give them less than 10 stars.  Yes, family owned (F.O.), which I love, from a lovely couple who are actually from Los Angeles <LOL> who knew!?!?  (pictured below)

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The owners were oh so awesome, just the best.  They took the time to talk with us and share their stories about growing up in Los Angeles.  Our eyes lit up as we all smiled with excitement.  Funny the things you learn about a person when you take the time to speak with them.

Well, when everything is delicious, nothing can go wrong.  Even if the customer service was horrible, it would still be ok because the food was great.  We ate their at least 2-3 times and if ever in the area again I would not dare go anywhere else!

I’m a fan Stella!

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